LibriVox recording of A German Deserter's War Experience by Anonymous. (Translated by Julius Koettgen.) Read in English by Lee Smalley The author of this 1917 narrative, who escaped from Germany and military service after 14 months of fighting in France, did not wish to have his name made public, fearing reprisals against his relatives. The vivid description of the life of a common German soldier during “The Great War” aroused much interest when it was published in the United States in serial form. Here was a warrior against his will, a hater of militarism for whom there was no romance in war, but only butchery and brutality, grime and vermin, inhuman toil and degradation. His story also contains the first German description of the retreat of the Teutonic armies after the battle of the Marne. – From the Translator’s Preface - Summary by Lee Smalley For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording.
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Just finished listening to the very excellent reading of this amazing and horrible true story, and also just read lavendar65714's review, and we totally agree.
War Without End. War is peace.
July 12, 2014 Subject:
I just finished listening to A German Deserter's War Experience. I am so moved and sort of shell-shocked and more convinced than ever that war is just ridiculous barbarism. Thank you for your excellent recording. Thank you Librivox!